A welcome treat that was brought gratis by a friend to a wine event. Consumed a glass over about an hour. The nose is as good as you'll get from Sauternes. I found the palate to be a bit disjointed, overly sweet, quite spicy and a little clunky. At this stage it lacks some acidity. Nonetheless, this is a top-level Sauternes, and I'm confident it will integrate in time.
Consumed a glass over an hour. There has been some bottle variation (even though it's a screwcap) among these Leeuwin art series chardonnay, and this was a good bottle. Significantly lighter on its feet than others I've had, no doubt benefiting from bottle age and luck. Oak and spice dominates. There is a bit of oomph to it that suggests Australia, but you could easily place it in Burgundy or California as well. Significant minerality, especially on the finish.
Drank a glass over about an hour. After the Kistler, Dumol and Ramey, this was a slightly more restrained style, which I appreciated. A bit more elegance than the Kistler or the Ramey, with well-balanced acidity and minerality. Taste-wise, classic California chardonnay.